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India Loses Heron, Secretive Sensors to China in Crash

India has lost a valuable troop scanning unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), along with its payload of sensors and intelligence systems, to a cross-border crash in Tibet, raising concerns that the wreckage may reveal some well-kept secrets to the Chinese Army. The Heron UAV of the Indian Army, deployed to keep

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Global Aerospace Names DARTdrones as UAV Training Partner

Dartdrones, a provider of UAV training, and Global Aerospace, a provider of aerospace insurance and risk management solutions, have announced a partnership that will provide small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operators with exclusive resources and opportunities to increase the safety culture within the drone industry. DARTdrones will be the exclusive

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Hensoldt Demos New C-UAV System

As part of a major product demonstration on the Airbus airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, HENSOLDT, an independent sensor house, provided proof of the excellent performance of its Xpeller counter-UAV system when it comes to protecting airports and critical infrastructure. HENSOLDT demonstrated counter-UAV measures using a combination of radar, RF and optical

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DJI Winter Sale – Big Savings – last chance!

DJI has just surprised everyone with the announcement of a winter sale that covers most ALL of their products. If you don’t already have that drone you wanted, this is the time to look – and maybe buy! Link to DJI Sale Page: goo.gl/n3nQkc Examples – $150 off the Mavic

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Specialist Master’s® in “Drones”, ENAC Applications for admission close soon

Europe’s first advanced master’s programme dedicated to the operation and applications of drones will start on 8 January 2018. The programme’s full title is Unmanned Aircraft Systems Services and Management. All courses are taught in English. Applications are open until 15 December 2017. Admission requirements This Advanced Master’s is intended

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Invest in Lily, once more unto the breach

Its Friday, time for a chuckle. I thought I had seen it all. A very brave investment move in a market place crowded with reliable proven platforms.. Also why are Americans not allowed to splash the cash?? Perhaps somebody could enlighten me. This is of course Lily Drone 2-0 the

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Altair 818 Hornet Drone Review

Overview: The Altair 818 Hornet is an excellent upgraded version of the company’s original drone. It’s still very beginner-friendly thanks to multiple speed modes, headless steering and the ability to hold altitude. However, it also has much better utility for photography and videography thanks to a long battery life and

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Research shows drones could help crop management take off

Jackson TN (SPX) Dec 05, 2017 –

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture researchers.

The study evaluated the ability of a UAS to accurately and precisely

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Hensoldt intros new counter-drone system

Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017 –
A new counter-drone system by German sensor-maker Hensoldt has been successfully demonstrated at an airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany.

The counter-drone system — for protecting airports and infrastructure — is the Xpeller counter-UAV system, which combines radar, RF and optical sensors and a targeted jammer

Hensoldt said the

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Falcon’s attack strategy could inspire new drones: study

Miami (AFP) Dec 4, 2017 –

Peregrine falcons are nature’s fastest predators, and the way they swoop down on a target may one day inspire small, visually guided drones that can take out rogue drones, researchers said Monday.

Falcons’ attack trajectories do not follow any geometric rules, contrary to popular belief,

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China says Indian drone ‘invaded’ its airspace, crashed

Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017 –

China lodged an official protest with India on Thursday after charging that an Indian drone had “invaded” its airspace before crashing, months after the two sides ended a tense border standoff.

Beijing said the incident occurred “recently” at the border separating India’s northeastern Sikkim state

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‘Go home’ drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge

Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2017 –

A drone that hovers over Japanese employees and blares music to force them to go home was unveiled Thursday, as the country tries to reduce its notoriously long work hours.

The “T-Frend” buzzes over those trying to work late, blasting out the strains of “Auld

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Africa is Leading the Way in Drone Usage – IATA

Despite the absence in Namibia of clear regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) yesterday said that in many ways Africa is already leading the way in the use of drones. Countries like Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi and Lesotho are already

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NASA X-Planes – Discovery Through Flight Video

How can early exposure to flight accelerate the practical use of technology? NASA experts with in-depth knowledge of past X-Plane and one-of-a-kind Flight Research Programs selected excerpts from past flight test campaigns. This compilation video showcases: HiMAT, X-36, X-38, X-40, X-43 Hyper-X, X-45, X-48 BWB (Blended Wing Body), X-56 MUTT

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Virginia Tech Engineers Team with Malawi University Students

Drone delivery moved one step closer to reality in sub-Saharan Africa after Virginia Tech and Malawian teams conducted tests at the UNICEF drone testing corridor in Kasungu, Malawi. The flights by a fully autonomous aircraft designed in mechanical engineering’s Unmanned Systems Lab set several records in Malawi, including the longest

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Northrop Tests Disposable Reconnaissance Drone

Northrop Grumman has developed a small, disposable drone that fits inside a shell that looks like a cluster bomb. The idea: When an F/A-18 drops the fake munition, the drone would pop out, unfold its wings and fly into enemy territory, undetected, to collect data on enemy positions. Northrop conducted

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DJI Denies Providing User Data to Chinese Government

The recent Homeland Security Report also claims the Chinese government is possibly using information acquired from DJI systems as a way to target assets they are planning to purchase. “A large family-owned wine producer in California purchased DJI UAS to survey its vineyards and monitor grape production. Soon afterwards, Chinese

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Could Robotic Birds Lead to Safer Air Travel?

The bird, apparently a female falcon, wheels into view 100 feet over Edmonton International Airport, flapping her wings — hunting behavior. She pursues a flock of starlings, which scatter into the safety of the woods. The falcon is majestic, graceful and resolute. She is also a machine — a battery,

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